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Apr 252016
 
Spurs pair Dele Alli (left) and Harry Kane have both been named in the PFA team of the year

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino may select the same team who thrashed Stoke 4-0 last Monday.

Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who is recovering from knee surgery, is the only injured player in his squad.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis bemoaned his side’s lacklustre display in losing 2-0 at Arsenal on Thursday and could recall Salomon Rondon and Jonas Olsson.

Alex Pritchard is ineligible to face his parent club even if he recovers in time from an ankle injury.

Spurs are eight points behind league leaders Leicester, who beat Swansea 4-0 on Sunday, but they can reduce the gap back to five with a win over Albion on Monday.

Pochettino’s side have lost only once in the league since January and the Argentine boss insists his side have the stamina to maintain their chase.

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Is the Premier League title race over?

“I think we are as strong as at the start of the season, we are at the same level, maybe the difference is our opponents,” said Pochettino. “The data is similar at the beginning to now because we can see the finish line.

“We haven’t arrived yet, this is important, but our motivation is good and then you can run more. It is always in our mind and we are in a very good moment. We need to fight to achieve big things like winning the title.”

Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Sunday means that the battle to finish first in the Premier League is mathematically a two-horse race. West Brom boss Tony Pulis says he would be happy to see either Leicester or Tottenham win the title.

“White Hart Lane is one of my favourite grounds. It’s a fantastic stadium with a great atmosphere,” Pulis said.

“Everything to do with the club is first class. I enjoy taking teams there and we need to make sure we are up for it.

“I’ve said before that I would love to see Leicester win the league but, if not, then I’m also happy with Tottenham. It’s great for football that there will be a different team picking up the trophy this year.”

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Conor McNamara: “There it goes again. Down another foxhole.

“Hunt as they might, every time Tottenham glimpse the title, it disappears in the flash of a brushy tail.

“The chase remains thrilling and Pochettino’s litter still have the scent in their nostrils. Spurs have scored more goals than Leicester and also conceded fewer. They’ve become scintillating to watch.

“Consistency brings titles. Tottenham were winless in their opening four games of the season. How they must wish they began as strongly as they are finishing.

“The stakes are huge. If Tottenham lose to West Brom, Leicester would only need two more points to guarantee the title.”

Twitter: @ConorMcNamaraIE